Bengaluru: Strike by doctors leads to issues in corona reports

Sep 16 2020 05:23 PM
Bengaluru: Strike by doctors leads to issues in corona reports

There have been surprising corona figures in Bengaluru. Officials in the Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Department on Tuesday said that the daily number of cases, recoveries and deaths of COVID-19 cases was not reported properly due to the ongoing strike by doctors. This comes to the light as the review reports were not sent to all the respective district headquarters by the government medical officers. For example, Bagalkote district observed zero positive cases for the day, while the district of Udupi saw cases rise by only one. Similarly, Ballari, Dharwad, Hassan, Kodagu, Shivamogga districts registered no such increase in the number of discharged patients.

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The shortfall is assumed to be around 1,500 cases statewide going by the course encountered in recent weeks. Even the number of daily COVID-19 deaths which has been in the range of 120-150, fell to 97 on Tuesday. In an interaction with reporters, Dr. GA Srinivas, President of Karnataka Government Medical Officers Association (KGMOA), said some of the doctors participating in the strike will not update data related to COVID-19 till their demands are met.

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The doctors said they will resume treatment and other functions in the ongoing strike barring updating the daily data. The primary demand made by the association is that the state government pays them on par with the union government health scheme. The KGMOA said that they will make a decision about the ongoing strike following a meet with Health and Family Welfare Minister B Sriramulu, Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar, and Deputy Chief Minister Dr. CN  Ashwath Narayan. 

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